More than 50 friends and colleagues came out to the Madera High School Fieldhouse to pay homage to long-time athletics administrative assistant Diane Fischer.
Fischer, who will officially retire at the end of June, held a night of celebration and reflection from her 33 1/2 years at Madera. In fact, she has been at the job longer than current MHS athletic director Shane Riddle has been alive.
“She’s been doing that job longer than I've been alive,” Riddle said. “I say that because she’s been that solid foundation for our athletic department no matter who is in that office. She’s continued to make it run and work with a numerous amount of coaches. All of those coaches thank you. All the kids have come in. Sometimes I look up and there’s 25 kids out there and she makes it happen. She makes our department run. She does it for the coaches, staff, the community and the kids. She has a great connection with the kids. She’s here for everybody and always has been.”
“This is my place,” Fischer said, pointing to the fieldhouse. “It started with my good friend Don Kautz and that’s who I’m dedicating my retirement to — Don.” ...